Katherine De La Cruz (She/her/hers) is an Afro-Dominican dancer and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She immigrated from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with her family in 2006 when she was 10 years old. She studied Anthropology at Hunter College which led her to Katherine Dunham. Her ethnographic work as well as her technique inspired Katherine to pursue a dance minor. This minor quickly turned into a second major. She graduated in 2020 from Hunter College with both a BA in Anthropology and Dance.
Katherine has performed in various venues and festivals both live and virtually including City Center’s Fall for Dance festival, The Estrogenius Festival, The American Dance Festival, The WP theater, Movement Research, The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Arts on Site’s Women in Motion and more. She is currently a member of the Soul Dance Company.
Katherine’s most important performances have been those in which she danced for community activist groups and in support of social justice causes. Katherine has used dance to support climate justice and immigrants’ rights causes in New York City. She believes that dance is a powerful tool for community building and bridging divides across gender, race, class and language.
Katherine is a passionate choreographer whose work centers around themes of social inequality, LGBTQ+ stories, familial ties, immigration and mental health. Most of her work is born from a need to make direct political statements and to make visible often ignored inner healing processes. Currently she is interested in exploring new movement that includes her training in ballet and modern as well as her cultural roots in merengue which is the national dance of Dominican Republic. She believes music is cultural education and dance is a way to preserve family history and legacy.